Opposition to Welfare Reform Bill Grows as Million Mask March Approaches.
Posted by Welfare Weekly.
Whenever you hear the word “reform” these days you know it means: make things worse for most of us and better for the chancers and those profiting from privatisation.
We also fear reports that the public wants more and more crack downs on ‘welfare’.
This gives some encouragement to our side,
The UK Government’s Welfare Reform and Work Bill will make some of poorest families in Britain even poorer, a coalition of major Churches has warned.
A survey by YouGov, commissioned by the Churches for a new report, reveals that 61% of the general public believe benefits should be set at a high enough level to cover basic living costs.
Only 25% said benefits should be set deliberately low to ‘encourage’ people into work.
The report also reveals that the controversial Benefit Cap is not having the intended effect of encouraging people into work, with only 4.7% of people affected by the changes moving into employment.
Meanwhile, nearly half (46%) of affected households reported increased problems with rent arrears, despite the Government’s claims that slashing benefits would motivate people into finding a job or increasing their working hours.
Paul Morrison, Public Issues Policy Adviser for the Methodist Church and author of the report, said: “No child should be left without enough in order to motivate their parents.
“If children live in a family which doesn’t have enough money they are more likely to die young, do worse at school, and experience worse health.
Commenting on the Welfare Reform and Work Bill and the Government’s proposed cuts to tax credits, Mr Morrison said: “Many of these families are already in work and working very hard.
“Any policy that claims that taking £1,000 from a family will enhance the life-chances of its children, as the Bill does, is not only supremely questionable but morally flawed.”
The report, entitled “Enough: Our responsibility to meet families’ needs”, has been published by the Baptist Union, Church Action on Poverty, the Church of Scotland, the Methodist Church, Quakers in Britain, the Scottish Episcopal Church and the United Reformed Church.
We will looking at this ‘reform’ Bill in more detail.
But for the moment, at the risk of being a bit late, and of getting into trouble for promoting ‘Class War’.
Trafalgar Square. 18.00. November the 5th.
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